Michelle Schenker

Born right here in Winston-Salem, NC, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Michelle is a native. At age one she moved to Virginia but after spending 30+ years moving around Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California and even Paris, France, Michelle returned home to Winston-Salem in 2004. A job at Hanes brought her here but the heart of the city has kept her here. Her favorite things about Winston-Salem are its welcoming people who call it home, its art-centric culture, and its perfect location at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains and a short drive to the beaches of the Atlantic. The lack of traffic is a pretty tremendous asset as well, especially since it gives her more free time to enjoy cooking and playing with her dogs, Lily and Barley. Michelle is one of the many residents of this great city who are thrilled to call this "My Winston-Salem"!

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MerleFest 2024: Lineup, Schedule, Tickets, Dates, Camping & More

Merlefest is an annual four-day traditional and contemporary roots music festival featuring bluegrass, folk, and Appalachian roots music from across the country. Happening in Spring 2024, the festival takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina…

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Cobblestone Farmers Market

Cobblestone Farmers Market is open for the 2020 season in Old Salem with some tweaks to make it COVID-19 safe. Once on the cobblestones at Third Street and Patterson (across the street from Krankies Coffee), but today the market sets up on Saturdays at Old Salem from 8:30 am – noon. Many adore this all-local, producers-only market that features mostly organic farmers and all are screened for sustainable, healthy and humane practices…

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Elections Guide: Forsyth County NC General Election 2023

The presidential election every four years brings out the most voters, but still, only 58% of eligible Americans voted in the 2016 election. Read this quick and easy Forsyth County NC Election Guide so you are educated and ready to speak up for what you believe in on Election Day.

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The Moravian Star: What Does It Mean? From Old Salem To Your Tree

I love the first signs of Christmas in Winston-Salem, NC, when Moravian stars light up porches, line the streets of downtown, and a giant 31-foot Moravian star is installed atop the tower of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, shining like a beacon. Ever wonder about the origins of the star?

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Asheville Day Trip: Where To Eat, Shop And Be Merry

Guest post by Mary Haglund of Winston-Salem’s star eatery, Mary’s Gourmet Diner. Mary shares her favorite places to eat, drink, shop, stay and be merry in Asheville, NC. People have been asking me about my favorite places to visit in Asheville. So here goes!

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How Jazzercise Kicked My Butt Back Into Shape

Facing my 42nd birthday in late January 2017, I realized that I had not done a damn thing in the form of cardio since making my big health-oriented new year’s resolutions. One other thing happened on that day — my friend JoAnn, who is a Jazzercise instructor, wrote me to wish me a happy birthday and to remind me that I needed to make time to check out Jazzercise Winston-Salem. Hmmm… could it be a sign?

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Eat Drink Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is now a two week event throughout the Triad. Find out what all the hype is about.

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Quanto Basta: Interview with Chef Tim Grandinetti

In late April, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chef Tim Grandinetti and learn more about his new Italian restaurant, Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar. It opened on March 5, 2015, and is a very different vibe from Chef Tim’s first restaurant Spring House Kitchen, Restaurant & Bar. Caution: Reading this article is likely to make you very hungry for delicious Italian food…

Growler Filling Station: Where Will You Fill Up?

So craft beers are all the rage these days and this town is filling up with beer options! But what is a growler and where can you fill it up with your favorite craft beer? This list can help you find the right fit for you…

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